The winner of the Breakthrough Performance Award (Andrew Howard) and the Film Competition Award for Best Cinematography (Stuart Brereton) at the 2009 New York VisionFest as well as the Jury Prize for Best Actor (Andrew Howard) at the 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival, Blood River is a tense, psychological thriller that recalls the atmosphere and unnerving terrors of ‘The Hitcher’, ‘Dust Devil’, ‘Wolf Creek’ and ‘Kalifornia’.
Directed by Adam Mason (Isle Of Dogs; Broken; The Devil’s Chair) and co-written by Mason and Simon Boyes (Broken; The Devil’s Chair), the film stars Andrew Howard (I Spit On Your Grave; Pig; The Devil’s Chair), Tess Panzer (Pumpkinhead: Ashes To Ashes) and Ian Duncan (Fix; Creep) in a twisted, nerve-shredding exploration of the collapse of a young couple’s seemingly perfect relationship following their chance encounter with a mysterious drifter on a remote desert highway.
After a blown out tyre results in a near-fatal car crash in the middle of the Nevada desert, newlyweds Clark (Duncan) and his pregnant wife Summer (Panzer) are shocked to discover they have no spare in the trunk and so are forced to walk to the nearest town, Blood River, to find help. Shortly arriving at what has obviously become a long-deserted ghost town, they are greeted by the arrival of a lone drifter, Joseph (Howard), who himself has become stranded by his car running out of gas several miles down the road. Joseph offers his assistance to the couple, suggesting he and Clark walk to the next nearest town together. But tensions soon begin to mount between all three individuals as the two men embark on a series of mind games with each other, placing Clark’s life in danger and leaving Summer vulnerable to the mysterious stranger’s sinister schemes.
Hailed as “a tight-knuckled and disconcertingly handsome thriller” by Fearnet.com, Blood River is an intelligent, thought-provoking and disquieting journey into the darkest corners of the human soul.
Blood River (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£12.99) by Revolver Entertainment on 19th July 2010.
Check out the trailer here: Blood River trailer